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What is the maximum number of gliadel wafers (carmustine) implanted in the cavity created by the neurosurgeon?

What is the maximum number of gliadel wafers (carmustine) implanted in the cavity created by the neurosurgeon?

Gliadel wafers (carmustine): The number of gliadel wafers (carmustine) is based on the size of the cavity after tumor section. One to two would be typical but in larger tumors more might be added. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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Why has the drug temozolomide replaced the combination of procarbazine, carmustine and vincristine?

Why has the drug temozolomide replaced the combination of procarbazine, carmustine and vincristine?

Newer treatment: In treatment of Cancer, newer drugs come along and are then compared to the standard (old/conventional treatments). If the new treatment if better (more effective or less toxic) then the new drug takes over and the older drugs put on the back burner. That is what has happened in this instance. This is what has happened in the treatment of brain tumors. ...Read more

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Most effective medicines for spring time allergies?

Most effective medicines for spring time allergies?

Many: There are various antihistamines that are good for seasonal allergies many of which are over the counter such as Claritin Allegra or zyrtec. If those do not help there are prescription antihistamines and nasal sprays which can help. ...Read more

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Is there an OTC medicine I can take for winter allergies?

Is there an OTC medicine I can take for winter allergies?

Yes: I presume you must be referring to dry, itchy skin that occurs in winter also called the winter itch. It is not an allergy but caused by drying of the skin due to evaporation of skin oils. This is due to the low humidity and use of dry indoor heat. The treatment is regular application of a good skin moisturizer daily after bath and also using a humidifier to reduce dryness. ...Read more

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Could allergy to a specific drug ingredient develop over time?

Could allergy to a specific drug ingredient develop over time?

Yes: Drug allergy is a complex issue, so many drugs r in the market with many active / inactive ingredients, fortunately enough only few people develop drug allergy, if at all in doubt stop the medicine review it with ur doctor to replace it, if it is an absolute necessity to take the drug in question consult an allergist. ...Read more

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Best OTC medicine for dog allergy?

Best OTC medicine for dog allergy?

Cetirizine: The most effective second generation, minimally sedating antihistamine is Cetirizine (adult dose 10 mg at bedtime). No antihistamine will allow ad lib dog contact so minimize contact, keep dog out of bedroom, use hepa filter in bedroom. If still symptoms have to consider rehousing dog in another home. ...Read more

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Will allergy medicine help with a cold?

Will allergy medicine help with a cold?

Not much: Allergy medications such as Claritin, Allegra and Zyrtec work by blocking antihistamine which is not part of the cold/respiratory infection process so not much help. Older antihistamines like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) may help some with irritant cough and sleep from drowsy side effect. Decongestants such as Sudafed may help relieve some of the nasal congestion but avoid in children ...Read more

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Which drug is a good allergy medication?

Which drug is a good allergy medication?

Depends: The choice of allergy medication depends on symptoms. There are several good over the counter antihistamines. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice. ...Read more

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How can a person be tested for drug allergies?

How can a person be tested for drug allergies?

Not common: It is not common to test for drug allergies. The way to determine if you have an allergy is to see what happens when you take a drug. Certain drugs you know you might have an allergy to if you have other allergies like eggs and Propofol (the drug that mj overdosed on). ...Read more

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Anyone know what is a stronger allergy medicine?

Allergy medicine: The basics are that Claritin (loratadine) is the weakest binding oral no sedating antihistamine with Allegra stronger and zyrtec binding the strongest. You need to be more specific with your question. ...Read more

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Is method of administration a factor in drug allergy?

Is method of administration a factor in drug allergy?

Oral vs iv: In some patients with allergy to drugs, giving orally might not trigger and allergic reacton, while givne intravenously it does. This has been reported with amoxicillin. It appears that concetration is importnat, and in some case, metabolism. Without challenging, it is not easy to predict a reaction in a particlar individual. Safest is always to avoid the drug entirely. ...Read more

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What is the best over-the-counter medicine for allergies?

What is the best over-the-counter medicine for allergies?

It depends: You have to be cautious with any medication. Some antihistamines may cause you to be drowsy and impair you specially when driving, others do not have this effect. Read labels carefully and determine what is best for your lifestyle.
Avoidance of triggering factors is useful if you know what you are allergic to.
A visit to the allergist may be in order! ...Read more

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Aside from allergy medicine, good ways to relieve allergies?

Aside from allergy medicine, good ways to relieve allergies?

Allergy injections: The best way to approach the treatment of allergies is to 1) identify the allergic trigger and avoid it as much as possible; 2) medications to treat the symptoms; 3) allergy injections by an allergist to decrease the body's allergic response. It takes time, but it can be effective for most people and not only decreases symptoms, but also the need for medications and the good effects persists! ...Read more

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Should I take my allergy medicine before I go out and pull weeds?

Should I take my allergy medicine before I go out and pull weeds?

Yes: If a person takes an antihistamine such as allegra, claritin, zyrtec, etc, at least 1 hours before exposure, this can decrease the intensity of the allergy symptoms. The more effective nasal sprays work best when taken regularly. ...Read more

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What is the best medicine to give a four year old that has allergys?

What is the best medicine to give a four year old that has allergys?

Pediatric Allergies: Avoidance, humidifier, air purifier in bedroom, salt water washes. If medication is needed, seeing the doctor to determine if oral pills or nasal sprays or even allergy shots are best. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what's the best medicine/remedy for pet allergies?

Avoid/meds/shots: Keeping the pet out of the house and definitely out of the bedroom would be the first step. Oral antihistamines will help, but I usually prescribe nasal steroids which are more effective for congestion and allergy. Allegy shots for dogs and cats are also very effective--i have saved a few marriages where the husband is allergic particularly to a cat and the wife won't get rid of it. ...Read more

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What kind of medicines should I use to prevent terrible symptoms of allergies in April to June?

AntihistaminesNasal: You can try over the counter non sedating antihistamines like claritidin or Zyrtec
And if the nasal congestion is too bad you can also use a steroid nasal spray like Flonase available over the counter or Nasonex (mometasone) by prescription
if these do not help consult an allergist ...Read more

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Are there any medicines I can take that can temporarily stop my allergies to cats? Anything that works well?

Are there any medicines I can take that can temporarily stop my allergies to cats? Anything that works well?

Yes: Any anti-histamine will lessen your symptoms ; but the real problem is the allergen (cat).Use Benadryl (diphenhydramine) first for night-time allergy, it helps sleep and lessens allergic symptoms. ...Read more

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What is the best seasonal allergy relief medicine?

Depends on symptoms: If you have primarily symptoms of nasal congestion, nasal steroids or nasal antihistamines applied topically gives good relief. If your symptoms include itchiness, etc, antihistamine as a pill is helpful. If our symptoms are primarily with eye irritation, eye drop antihistamines are excellent. ...Read more

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Can you tell me any medicine for my bad dust allergy?

Can you tell me any medicine for my bad dust allergy?

Dust mite cover: Using dust mite cover or encasing for your mattress and pillows, wash the linen with hot water every week would kill the mites and decrease the amount of dust mite allergy. If OTC medications do not control your symptoms, you should see an allergist. There are several treatment options for dust mite allergy. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could I take nyquil and allergy medicine together?

Please tell me, could I take nyquil and allergy medicine together?

Antihistamine: Nyquil has Diphenhydramine in it, I believe, which is Benadryl (diphenhydramine) which is an allergy medicine and causes somnolence. The dose is not high enough and long acting to preclude the use of the daytime, non-drowsy allergy medicine to help you during the day. ...Read more

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Can allergy develop to asthma? & what's the best medicine? Thank u.

Can allergy develop to asthma? & what's the best medicine? Thank u.

YES and NO: Children and adults with asthma tend to have higher ige levels than individuals without asthma, although there is no absolute cutoff that distinguishes between the two groups. The increase in elevated total ige in asthmatics compared to nonasthmatics is generally driven by atopic individuals.

Ask your dr. Best response. ...Read more

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What are the safest cold and allergy medicines I can use while pregnant?

What are the safest cold and allergy medicines I can use while pregnant?

Most AHs and NS: The 2008 updated guideline on rhinitis noted that studies on over 200000 pregnant women failed to show any congenital defect from antihistamines. Nasal steroids are also safe although budesonide is the only one studied and consider Cat. B for pregnancy. In the 1st trimester, avoid Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or hydroxyzine since this is the period congenistal defect occurs. Avoid oral decongestant as well. ...Read more

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If one has a sulfa allergy and what would be the medicines to treat this?

If one has a sulfa allergy and what would be the medicines to treat this?

There are none: If you are truly allergic to sulfa you must avoid all forms of the drug whether it be in eye drops, pills or IV meds. There is no med to cancel out the allergy and true allergy could lead to life threatening consequences if exposed. It would be wise to invest in a medical alert bracelet to make sure people are aware if you cannot communicate. ...Read more

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Has anyone found an allergy medicine that's very effective at treating allergies to cats?

Has anyone found an allergy medicine that's very effective at treating allergies to cats?

Cat allergy: Most patients allergic to cats will do well with zyrtec, xyzal (levocetirizine) or allegra. However, depending on how sensitive you are, you may require the addition of nasal steroids or antihistamines and/or singulair. ...Read more

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What is considered the most effective allergy medicine for allegies that affect the skin?

Depends: To treat allergies, identify the trigger and avoid it is the best approach. Antihistamines can decrease itching. Topical steroid lotions, creams, and ointments are available in various strengths depending on the location and severity of the rash. Avoid topical benadryl (diphenhydramine). An allergist or dermatologist can assist in identification and treatment of allergic skin reactions. ...Read more

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Which drugs can help my shellfish allergy?

Which drugs can help my shellfish allergy?

Epinephrine: For severe shellfish allergy, only injectable Epinephrine for reactions is a reliable treatment. Some people with very mild allergies can use antihistamines alone, but everyone should have Epinephrine available. Unfortunately, there are no drugs that will prevent or resolve a food allergy so you can eat the food without risk, although this is an active area of research. ...Read more

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Can you take allergy medicine with hydrocodone?

Can you take allergy medicine with hydrocodone?

Maybe: I agree with dr. Juster; use caution when mixing narcotics with allergy meds. But, you need to know that hydrocodone is a natural stimulant leading to mast cells releasing histamine and causing itch. Not a true allergy, rather a side effect from the drug. Anti-itch medications can help but they can also worsen drowsiness. Maybe switching to something else would be best. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have hives or a drug allergy?

How can I tell if I have hives or a drug allergy?

Subtle: hives can occur as part of an allergy syndrome. People with chronic hives or who have an inborn low threshold for hives have difficulty differentiating simple hives from drug allergy. If the drug reaction is IgE-mediated, or occurs via a similar pathway without IgE, then one would expect additional symptoms other than hives (breathing problem, dizzy, nausea, swelling, headache, etc) ...Read more

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Can drug allergies be confirmed by allergist testing?

Can drug allergies be confirmed by allergist testing?

Can't test for drugs: Penicillin is the only antibiotic that can be reliably skin tested. There are only a few other drugs for which skin testing has been shown to be reliable. By taking a detailed history, an allergist can often reliably determine if a person has experienced an allergic reaction to a particular drug. ...Read more

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Is alavert allergy medicine okay to take with alcohol?

Is alavert allergy medicine okay to take with alcohol?

Alavert: Alavert is a antihistamine known also as loratadine. I do not advocate the consumption of alcholol with medication yet no reported serious interactions. ...Read more

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Can my unborn child be harmed if I have a drug allergy?

No: Having a drug allergy is only a problem if you are exposed to the drug. If there is a severe drug allergy during pregnancy there is a potential for a problem. Avoid the drug to which you are allergic. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of itchiness due to allergy to medicine?

Stop the medication: The best treatment for medication allergy is to stop the medication that triggered the reaction as soon as possible. To decrease itching, a medication like an antihistamine can be helpful. For severe reactions, oral steroids like Prednisone may be necessary. ...Read more

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When should I take allergy medicine allegra (fexofenadine)?

When should I take allergy medicine allegra (fexofenadine)?

Without food: Fexofenadine (allegra) comes in 2 doses for adults, 60 mg. And 180 mg. The 60 mg dose is taken twice a day, every 12 hr. The 180 mg dose is taken once a day, usually in the morning and it is more effective than 60 mg, 2x/day. Fexofenadine should always be taken 1 hr. Before food because food, especially fatty food, interferes with fexofenadine absorption. ...Read more

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Can food allergies be suppressed by medicines like allergra?

Food allergies: Antihistamines do not prevent food allergy reactions although they may lessen mild symptoms somewhat. The only treatment of foof allergies is avoidance. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is the best prescription allergy medicine?

Nasal steriod sprays: Nasal steroid sprays, when used consistently, are the most effective single agent medication. However, for some people, even that is not enough. So they may need multiple medication. One of the most effective combinations is nasal steroid + a nasal antihistamine. They are prescriptions, to talk to your doc. Finally, the most potent treatment safe for long term use are allergy shots. ...Read more

Gliadel (Definition)

Carmustine is a combination agent for pain which is a kind of pain medication. ...Read more


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Carmustine (Definition)

Carmustine is a combination agent for pain which is a ...Read more